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How long before a PIP assessment is scheduled?

Mike72Mike72 Member Posts: 23 Listener
Hi all, 

Does anyone have a ball park figure of the time scale required from originally applying for PIP to the assessment appointment to the final decision? So far it has been 10 weeks since I applied and I do not even have a assessment appointment yet  even though I was informed it would be between  6 - 8 weeks. No one seems to be able to tell me. Through illness I am unable to work and I have doctors certification. Therefore I am really struggling financially to make ends meet. Does anyone have any suggestions please? 




  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    The reason no one's been able to tell you is because there's no timescales. It can be anything from a few weeks to 4-5 months just for the assessment. Then anything from 2-8 weeks for a decision.

    You say you've applied for PIP but have a DR's sick note because you're unable to work. Please be aware that PIP isn't about not being able to work and you don't need a sick note from your GP to be able to claim this. A sick note is not classed as evidence and won't be accepted.

    PIP is about how your conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. People claim PIP and work, providing the reason's they work don't contradict the reasons for their claim.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Mike72Mike72 Member Posts: 23 Listener
    That is most informative. Thank you very much Poppy. I guess it is just a waiting game now.
    PIP did contact my doctor and he had a form or two to fill in which he did and returned. 

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Mike72, how are you getting on? I hope the information given was helpful. :)

  • Mike72Mike72 Member Posts: 23 Listener
    Hi Chloe, well I received a phone call from pip saying that needed to see me for assessment as expected but unfortunately the backlog is so extensive they could not offer me a appointment until one becomes available. I have no idea just exactly when that will be. So far it is approaching 3 months since I initiated the process. I am certainly having struggles  to make ends meet due to the excess financial outlay I am incurring to live independantly.

    It really is a waiting game. 

    Many thanks to everyone  for all the information.

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Mike72, lovely to hear from you. I really hope you aren't waiting much longer!

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